The number of regulars here is rather low to say the least, not to mention a lot of us are on the poorer end of the economic spectrum. To put this in perspective, a couple of years ago we had a fundraiser to rescue a former member from his abusive family. The total amount raised was around $5000 (assuming my memory isn't complete crap), and back then there were a lot more regular posters. Asking us to raise around $30000 now is just not going to happen.
Okay, that's a reasonable concern. I'm looking into it right now and I'm thinking we might be able to cut corners somewhere. Also, unlike rescuing a kid from an abusive family this isn't urgent and there's no real time limit, especially when it isn't even in the planning phase yet and is only being pitched. Okay, so a decent two-bed hotel room in Seattle is about 200$ a night. Assuming people were willing to bunk together and the whole thing were only to last for one day, I'd say that 8 rooms should cover it, for a total of 1,600 on lodging.
To my knowledge it takes at least 20$ worth of weed to get a person reasonably high, so if I were to highball it and say we'd need weed for 15 people, we'd be looking at about 300 dollars in weed costs, maybe a little more of people wanted to go back for seconds which, let's be real, you know is going to happen. As for food, pizza is pretty much mandatory for this type of event. I'm sure Seattle has places that do vegetarian/vegan, so that probably shouldn't be a problem. I know Chipotle caters, and we could probably find a sushi place or something that does the same considering how big the city is. Enough pizza/food to feed 12-20 people is likely going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $500-$600, considering some of them will be high. It shouldn't take more than $8 worth of good beer to get somebody drunk, so I'm going to put the beer budget at a modest $80. Transportation/passtports may turn out to be a bigger issue, but I'd say a couple of thousand should cover it fairly well.
Since the hotel probably won't be cool with people getting messed up and easting too much food on the premises, a place where we could go in order to smoke the weed and drink the alcohol would probably be necessary. There may be some type of public campground that would allow us to do something like that, though I don't know how much this would cost. A decent flatscreen everybody could watch at once would probably be $1000 at least, and I've already got a PS3 and a Netflix subscription. IF necessary, I can acquire the funds for an Adventure Time DVD. Now excuse me while I go add all that together. Edit: so it should cost somewhere between 5000-7000, nowhere near as much as I first thought.
Besides, this forum is for religious skepticism. I'm not too sure how a yearly bake-out will attract the crowd we're after.
I thought this forum was for anti-extremists of all stripes with an emphasis on religious skepticism. Anyway, come on man. Regardless of the demographic, can you think of anyone who wouldn't
enjoy a party like that? IT would be a fun way for people to get to know each other and would definitely accomplish the goal of making membership here more appealing. We could just kick out anyone who signed up and acted like a jerk after the fact. Come on, it'll be a good time!